tru·​ism | \ ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce truism (audio) \

Definition of truism

: an undoubted or self-evident truth especially : one too obvious for mention

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truistic \ trü-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce truistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of truism in a Sentence

ended his letter with the overused truism, “You can't win them all!”

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But around 2000 an unlikely combination of tailwinds temporarily suspended this age-old truism. The Economist, "Emerging-market dreams of rich-world incomes meet reality," 1 Aug. 2019 Interweaving theory-speak with the more private music of Valerie’s mind, Stridsberg finds a fresh expression of the truism that the personal is political. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 This is a truism in all of professional baseball, not just the majors. Tom Verducci,, "The Hard, Historic Roads That Lead to Baseball's Magic Number: .400," 8 Aug. 2019 And there’s perhaps no greater example of that truism than the tweet sent one year ago today by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The lesson from Elon Musk’s ‘funding secured’ mess is to never tweet," 7 Aug. 2019 Another truism investors fail to grasp is sellers and their agents prefer selling to owner-occupants. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Buyers’ higher bid didn’t win them the house; time to change agent?," 4 July 2019 In 1974 Arthur Laffer, an economist, sketched a simple diagram on the back of a napkin to illustrate a truism of tax policy. The Economist, "Is there an optimal level of taxation?," 19 June 2019 Indians, who have indulged in jugaad for years, know this truism only too well. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indians have found a $4 jugaad to make iPhone lookalikes," 31 May 2019 This year’s statuettes — to be distributed Sunday at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS — will be another annual test of this truism, particularly for the award with the largest box-office upside: best new musical. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Hey, Tony Awards, lighten up! You should give more prizes to the funny stuff.," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of truism

1714, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of truism

: a true statement that is very commonly heard : a common statement that is obviously true

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